This collection of papers represents the outcomes of the International Symposium
held in Delft, The Netherlands, on June 13-15, 2007, at the occasion of the 50th
anniversary of the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education. The papers discuss
how to contribute to the sustainability of effective international development and
water management with a digest of lessons learned on local knowledge and capacity
development. Authors expose recent research, strategies and policy positions.
Water for a Changing World starts with an introduction and overview of the water
resources and the water supply and sanitation sectors in developing countries and
worldwide. Topics of these reviews are water security, environmental integrity, the
newest earth system science technologies, integrated urban water management, and
the global-local nexus of water governance. The second part presents positions on
catalyzing and disseminating knowledge and capacity development in response to the
current challenges and opportunities. It consists of a variety of papers on theory and
analysis of capacity development, methods and case studies, and policy positions.
The authors represent a diverse and representative group of prominent actors,
practitioners and academics within the water, sanitation and development sectors.
Table of Contents
PART 1: Background
Knowledge and capacity development (KCD) as tool for institutional strengthening and change
PART 2: A Sector Analysis
Water security: What does it mean, what may it imply?
The environmental integrity of freshwater resources
Water for a crowded planet: An emerging global challenge for earth system science and technology
Challenges for urban water supply and sanitation in developing countries
Glocal water governance: Controversies and choices
PART 3: Knowledge and Capacity Development
Capacity and capacity development: Breaking down the concepts and analyzing the processes
Thinking out of the ordinary—promoting knowledge generation and research on water
Challenges in knowledge and capacity enhancement: A southern perspective
The role of knowledge generation at UNESCO-IHE: Past-present-future
Capacity challenges on the path towards water security
Water knowledge networking: Partnering for better results
Enhancing nations’ capacity: From theory to practice. The role of the World Bank Institute
Toward good water governance: Knowledge is power?
A negotiated approach in ensuring use of local knowledge and capacity for water resources management
Knowledge modelling for the water sector: Transparent management of our aquatic environment Innovative education: Integrating a new educational concept and e-learning
Knowledge transfer and sharing at UNESCO-IHE: The next 25 years
African experiences: Learning and success
Closing speech for “Water for a changing world: Enhancing local knowledge and capacity”